STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Malda, 7 July
With 15 days to go before the panchayat polls in the district, all major political parties did not spare the opportunity of reaching maximum number of voters on Sunday. Interestingly, the Trinamul Congress, the Congress and the CPI-M today concentrated on the Kaliachak belt largely dwelled by the muslim community.
The Tourism Minister Mr Krishnendu Choudhury and Social Welfare Minister Mrs Sabitri Mitra participated in a road-show and several public meetings at Kaliachak II block today. Mr Choudhury chose to attack the Congress in particular. Mrs Mitra too sharpened her attack against the Congress.
“Local Congress MLA Sabina Yeasmin got the chance of serving as the minister-in-charge of the labour department in the Trinamul ministry. But it is a proven fact now that large numbers of youths migrate in search of work from this area. The former Congress minister cannot avoid the responsibility,” Mr Choudhury said.
He also said that Mrs Yeasmin did nothing for Kaliachak when she was the Sabhadhipati of Malda zilla parishad. The Tourism Minister promised the Trinamul would concentrate in large scale development of Kaliachak if the voters elect their candidates.
Mrs Mitra said: “There is no college in Mothabari. People have suffered enough during the Congress and the Left Front rule. Now it is the time for change.” She said that the Congress-run Kaliachak II panchayat samiti did nothing for the people.
Mrs Yeasmin, however, blamed the Trinamul in a meeting. “People had huge expectations from the new state government. But the Trinamul has translated the hope of the people into despair. There are no work and only empty promises,” she said.
She claimed that like the earlier years the Congress would retain its strength with huge support of the electors.
The district Left Front Chairman, Mr Jiban Maitra, also addressed a public meeting at Kaliachak. “Complete anarchy has been let loose by the Trinamul government. Women have no security. The ruling party has muffled the voice of the Opposition. It is the Trinamul terror that prevented the Opposition from filing nominations at different areas of Kaliachak,” Mr Maitra said.
He hoped that the people would choose the ballot box to give a fitting reply to the Trinamul atrocities and the anti-people policies of the Congress.